News Stories relating to "robots"
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In 1920 Czech writer Karel Kapek wrote a science-fiction play whose title translated into English as Rossum’s Universal Robots or R.U.R. When it premiered in 1921, it introduced the word ‘Robot’ to the English language and to the science fiction genre. By 1923, it had been translated into 30 languages.
The robots in...
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities.
The researchers have paired a small...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The study of evolutionary patterns has received a helping hand from technology, in the form of a small colony of rampant robots.
Using robotic subjects, it was possible to accelerate the trends that drive evolution allowing thousands of years of generational progressions to be condensed into just a matter of days.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it’s a . . . jellyfish?
Researchers have built a small vehicle that is able to fly through the air using graceful, undulating movements similar to those of a jellyfish swimming through water.
The work, which will be presented at the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid...
Monday, December 17, 2012
From the Trojan Horse to D-Day, deception has always played a role during wartime. In fact, there is an entire Army field manual on its use and value in the battlefield.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Scientists and philosophers in the UK are studying the likelihood of robots taking over and destroying our world
The Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study the dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Perhaps we could have killed Osama bin-Laden with a drone, but since he rarely left his compound, our soldiers had to go in and get him
instead. In Whitley's new novel Hybrids
, he writes about machine-men who are engineered to...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
If we use robots in the future, we have to make sure they behave. Scientists are now enmeshed in philosophical discussions about this.
When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial intelligence, and inspired generations of...
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
How about never having to iron another shirt again? A German company has invented a heated, inflatable dummy that "irons" shirts for you. "This will be a complement to the lawn mowing and vacuum cleaning robots that already exist," says economist Jan Karlsson. Since most of us are still doing those chores ourselves, we don't expect to have our...
Friday, December 27, 2002
When a couple wants to test their ability to take care of a child before they have one, they usually get a pet. Now you can go a step further and for $80,000, you can get a childlike robot called AstroBoy. Sony is working on a robot that can interact with its "parents," expressing emotions with words, songs and body language. Or you can get a...
Thursday, May 2, 2002
Rats controlled by implants in their brains could one day be used to search for landmines or the buried victims of earthquakes. Researchers have created 5 of these ?ratbots? and succeeded in steering them through an obstacle course by remote control. Dr. Sanjiv Talwar, of the State University of New York, says the ratbots can reach places...
Monday, March 25, 2002
Surgeons have carried out an operation on cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick so that his nervous system can be wired up to a computer. He?s the world?s first cyborg -- part human and part machine.
Computer readings can be taken from the implant in his arm of electrical impulses coursing through his nerves. These signals encode...